Hadley Chapel on the grounds of the Hillcrest Family Services was dedicated during a worship service on Sunday afternoon October 14, 2012. The overflow group of friends, supporters, and benefactors consecrated the chapel, stained-glass windows, and sanctuary worship furnishings. Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble, Resident Bishop of the Iowa Area of The United Methodist Church, offer the homily for the service.
Dr. Peter Sziebel, MD, Psychiatrist for Hillcrest family services, played the preludes for the worship service on a new, portable reed organ.
The combined choirs of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dubuque led the opening procession singing, “This is the Day. “ Rev. Phil Brown, Executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church USA, offered the opening prayer, which was followed by an anthem, entitled “How Firm a Foundation.”
Bishop Trimble read Scripture selections from the Psalms and I John as well as delivering the homily for the dedication service.
Rev. Robert Voels, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, offered remarks and the dedication for the stained-glass windows. The windows had been in the former sanctuary building of Trinity Church, which was destroyed by the flood in Cedar Rapids in 2008.
Jerry Steed, CEO of IHS, Inc., of Scottsdale Arizona, offered the dedication prayer for the labyrinth, nave, and sanctuary. Mr. Steed and his wife have been long time supporters of Hillcrest Family Services.
Rev. Don Caspers, retired pastor, and former Hillcrest board and staff member, offered the dedication prayer for the communion table and pulpit. He talked about his longtime association with Hillcrest and how important it has been for him and his family.
Len Hadley offered the prayer of dedication for the chapel building, Cross, and furnishings. Mr. Hadley, who is a Hillcrest Board of Trustees member, is the major benefactor for the chapel, which bears his name.
Following the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Gary Gansemer, Pres./CEO of Hillcrest family services, gave thanks for the many gifts that have been given to the new chapel. Maria Wiblin, Chaplain of Hillcrest Family Services, offered the closing prayer, which was followed by an organ recessional and postlude, played by Dennis Ramsey.